Prolific author, academic, political economist and 2015 Tutu Fellow Landry Signé has released his latest book titled: African Development, African Transformation: How Institutions Shape Development Strategy. In it, he makes the case that Africa is home to many of the world's fastest-growing economies. The book traces new continental institutions for development and their capacity to affect economic growth, regional integration, and international cooperation in Africa.
More specifically, Landry examines the role of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA) in transforming African economies and facilitating interstate cooperation.
It assesses Africa's ability to achieve the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union's Agenda 2063. It uses as a case study the continent's most ambitious development initiative since independence, AUDA - which was previously known as NEPAD - or, the New Partnership for Africa's Development. He looks at how NEPAD emerged as an African-based, continent-wide development institution. NEPAD was inspired by the ideas of Pan-Africanism and the African renaissance, and created to bring Africa into the globalizing world; to close the gap between developing and developed countries; to enhance economic growth; and to eradicate poverty.
The book examines how, almost two decades after NEPAD's creation and given its transformation into AUDA, the role that AUDA has played in helping Africa take steps towards achieving its development goals.
Landry is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution; a distinguished Fellow at Stanford University's Center for African Studies; an Andrew Carnegie Fellow; Chairman of the Global Network for Africa's Prosperity; Professor and Senior Adviser to the Chancellor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He was a Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous publications in the political economy of development with a focus on Africa and a recipient of more than sixty awards and recognitions from four continents. He has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named one of the 'Top 10 Outstanding Young Persons in the World'. His work on African issues has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and Harvard International Review.